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“I have never seen or lived through such a World Cup,” said Coach Didier Deschamps of France!
So would have said the 1 billion people who watched the Final as if they were in a trance!
Six goals were scored in the regulation time and the 78,011 Luzhniki Stadium Crowd did dance!
Following Mario Mandzukic’s headed own-goal, with a 1-0 score, France did make a 1-0 advance,
Within 10 minutes the score became 1-1 thanks to Croatia’s Ivan Perisic’s bullet shot brilliance!
Ivan Perisic was deemed to have to done a ‘handball’ in the box as he tried a ball clearance!
Antoine Griezmann slotted in the penalty given via Video Review with his demeanor as cool as ice!
Pogba and Mbappe scored off lip-smacking long-range shots that lifted France to the skies!
When Mandzukic scored – helped by a careless dribbling by the French goalie – poaching on a half-chance,
The final score line read 4-2 and this plunging the punching-above-their-weight Croatia into despondence,
Small Croatia, with a population of over 4 million, did win something better than bronze!
Their President Kolinda Kitarovic, Player of the Tournament, Luka Moderic and others, held in tight embrace!
France’s top-talents ‘were willing to sublimate their individual games to a collective mission’ – those were, about this Final, Andrew Das’ lines of magnificence!
Lines which reminded me of Jesus who was willing to do the ‘ultimate sublimation’, leaving the glory of heaven and become Flesh, for the grander-goal of our sin-deliverance!
His death on the shameful Cross brings us peace, joy and forgiveness-assurance!
The French players did not delay in depositing champagne on their coach, Didier Deschamps’ head and you don’t have to delay putting your faith in this unique Jesus and in sin-repentance!

(This poem was penned by Dr. Duke Jeyaraj who is the founder of the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is a readers supported ministry. Find out more at or http://www.dukewords.wordpress or by liking


By dukewords

Duke Jeyaraj, is a sinner saved by Grace, a preacher of God’s Word to Google Generation. Duke holds a B. Tech. Degree from Allahabad University (1997), Masters of Divinity from Southern Asia Bible College - Bangalore (2001) and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Asia Bible College (2014). Duke founded the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna
Mission, in the year 2006. This is an inter-church ministry funded by individual Indians who are blessed by Duke-Evan’s ministry and not by any church denomination.

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